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The weather today will be scattered snow showers, mainly after 10am. Otherwise mostly cloudy with a high near 29 and a low around 13. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 22 and a low of 11. Wind chill values as low as zero. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 33 and a low of 26. A slight chance of snow after 1pm.

The Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens announced that the Maryland National Guard will assist Garrett County with the local COVID-19 response. The primary task of the guard is to administer the regular COVID-19 testing sites while the Health Department staff focuses on vaccination distribution. “The public may see military vehicles and members of the guard in Garrett County. This is to help the local Health Department with their workload,” said Stephens. “The local and state coordination is key to consistent testing efforts and an effective vaccine rollout.”

St. Peter the Apostle Church has a Chemo Cap project: WVU and other hospitals are requesting the church make more knit caps. If you are in need of yarn (or more details), stop by the church office between 8am & 4pm. Monday to Thursday or call 301-334-2202.

GLAF Sofa Series begins tomorrow. This virtual format is new and the first performance will be “As You Like It”, one of Shakespeare’s comedies; a female-driven story combining classic elements of romance and hidden identities.

The Maryland Heritage Area Authority is holding informational webinars for the FY22 grant round. This round will begin on Jan. 29, 2021 with the Intent To Apply. For additional information click the following links. Live WebinarsEarly Bird Webinars or Full Details.

You’ve probably seen the Bernie Sanders meme popping up in a lot of places with his “100%-Dad” outfit of a simple coat and mittens but here he is at Deep Creek from the Honi-Honi.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the state’s first Primitive Deer Hunt will be open Feb. 1-3, 2021 statewide. Hunters with a valid hunting license may use primitive bows or muzzleloaders to hunt sika and white-tailed deer during these days. Primitive hunting devices are defined as long bows, recurve bows, flintlock, or sidelock percussion muzzleloaders. More info here.

MD DNR also noted winter turkey season runs statewide from January 21-23 for hunters who did not harvest a turkey during the 2020 fall season.

As I mentioned in Notes yesterday, the winning Powerball ticket was sold in neighboring Allegany County, Maryland. Their promotions department was right on it and released a list of “10 Reasons We Hit the Jackpot in Mountain Maryland“.

I may be a little presumptuous but I’ll add to that article with “10 MORE Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County-Specific Reasons We Hit The Jackpot in Mountain Maryland

  1. Lakes! (Deep Creek Lake, Broadford Lake, Jennings Randolph Lake, Herrington Manor Lake, Youghiogheny River Lake, and more!)
  2. Skilled Craftsmen, Craftswomen, and Artisans
  3. 10 of the Top Maryland State Parks
  4. So Many (Helpful and Needed) Non-Profit Organizations
  5. Starry Night Skies
  6. Hiking, Biking, and Climbing Network of Trails
  7. Four Distinct Seasons
  8. Black Bears and other Wildlife
  9. Significant Annual Snowfall
  10. The Very Best People in the World

Don’t forget to check out our Deep Creek Lake, MD area guide featuring seasonal activities and local business information!